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According to this tale, Shakespeare drunk himself to a stupor and lost the contest at the Falcon Inn. The following morning, when his companions suggested they return to avenge their defeat, Shakespeare refused, having had enough of supping with 'Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston, Haunted Hilbro` [Hillborough], Hungry [Temple] Grafton, Dudging Exhall, Papist Wicksford [Wixford], Beggarly Broom, and Drunken Bedford [Bidford]'.
early 19th C
oil on millboard
39 x 55 cm